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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Blog Tour with Review: Stowaway by John David Anderson

Thursday: Violets are Blue by Barbara Dee

Sunday: Author’s Guest Post: “Spreading Hope and Optimism with STEM Picture Books” by Linda Zajac, Author of Robo-Motion: Robots that Move Like Animals

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Kellee

  • I have no idea why I waited so long to read Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia, but I am so glad that I finally picked it up. What an amazing adventure intertwined with African American folklore and amazing symbolism! Brilliant. I’ll definitely need to pick up the sequel.
  • Orange: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 by Ichigo Takano did not disappoint. It is hard to tell you about the second volume without giving away information about the first, but I recommend it!
  • Dragons are the Worst! by Alex Willan is the sequel to a family favorite and Sunshine State Young Reader Award, Jr. book, Unicorns are the Worst. Like the first book, Dragons looks at perspective and even shows how a person’s perception can change with just a little more information. Gilbert the Goblin narrates again which means that it is also just as hilarious as the first which helps the deliver this important message in a light way. Definitely loved having this second Gilbert book and hope there will be more!
  • We got the second Chicken Little book by Sam Wedelich, so we definitely had to reread the first. Chicken Little: The Real and True Tale and Chicken Little and the Big Bad Wolf are just fantastic. They have amazing voice, great humor, and a wonderful lesson about hysteria and research. Chicken Little is a hit in our house!

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I’m sorry! I will be back next week. School starting has be harder than I thought it would be!

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Kellee

Reading: Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Reading during family reading time: ??? Finished Orange, so have to pick something else up.

Trent reading during family reading time: The HiLo series by Judd Winnick

Jim reading during family reading time: Fables Vol 6: Homelands by Bill Willingham

Listening: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Tuesday: Kellee’s #MustReadin2021 Fall Update!

Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: Magic Candies by Heena Baek, Translated by Sophie Bowman

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Threads of Peace: How Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Changed the World by Uma Krishnaswami

Saturday: Puzzles from Sandra Boynton

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Kellee

  • We’re reviewing both Violets are Blue by Barbara Dee and Stowaway by John David Anderson this week, and I cannot wait to tell you about them. I can promise you, if you are at a middle school, you definitely want both!
  • Trent and I had an unexpected like 3 hours in the car together on Tuesday & Wednesday, so we finished two I Survived books by Lauren Tarshis: Hurricane Katrina & San Francisco Earthquake. I think Hurricane Katrina is my favorite one yet, but both were very good. I really love this series!
  • King and the Dragon Flies by Kacen Callender was about loss, racism, abuse, identity, family, and friendship–just so much in this little book. Additionally, it is really well written, and the audiobook was produced brilliantly. I really ended up liking it.

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

My 7-year-old and I have been reading Black Boy Joy, edited by Kwame Mbalia, for several weeks. We read about 1/2 a story each night. Between his dad reading to him and life, we are just at the end now. It has been such a rewarding experience. I cannot recommend this book enough to parents and teachers. Each story is different from the next, and we’ve found great joy in talking about the moral of each story along with the differences across the stories.

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Kellee

Reading: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Reading during family reading time: Orange (The Complete Collection, Volume 2) by Ichigo Takano

Trent reading during family reading time: Caveboy Dave: Not so Faboo by Aaron Reynolds, Illustrated by Phil McAndrew

Jim reading during family reading time: Fables Vol 6: Homelands by Bill Willingham

Listening: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Ricki

I started This is My Brain in Love by I. W. Gregorio about three months ago. Halfway through the book, I knew I wanted it on my syllabus. So I added it and then paused the book to check out a few others that were recently published to ensure that I had a syllabus with the most recent texts. I am finishing it this week, and it is just so well done. I love this book!

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Tuesday: Blog Tour with Review: Stowaway by John David Anderson

Thursday: Violets are Blue by Barbara Dee

Sunday: Author’s Guest Post: “Spreading Hope and Optimism with STEM Picture Books” by Linda Zajac, Author of Robo-Motion: Robots that Move Like Animals

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: August 10 for 10: Kellee’s Favorite Fairy Tale or Nursery Rhyme Inspired Picture Books

Sunday: “The Case for Graphic Novels and Chapter Books” by Dusti Bowling, author of Aven Green, Baking Machine

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Kellee

  • I look forward to reviewing Threads of Peace for you this week!
  • I was trying to decide what audiobook to listen to next, and Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson was one that was recommended over and over. And man, they were right! This book is made to be listened to. Hearing the rhymes and rapping just took the book to the next level, which you know is already amazing because it is Tiffany D. Jackson.
  • Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami is an all ages manga that is just so funny and sweet. I mean, who doesn’t love the antics of a kitten and a family who love him?!?!
  • Trent and I finished listening to I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 by Lauren Tarshis and yet again I learned about a new time in history thanks to this series. Tarshis is so good at what she does, and I look forward to listening to more with Trent!
  • Lobstah Gahden by Alli Brydon and Regina is NOT a Little Dinosaur by Andrea Zuill were our picture book reads of the week (with school starting, we make it through family reading time but I’ve just been too tired some nights to do bedtime reading too! ☹). Trent has had Jim and me read Lobstah Gahden because he things it is so funny–that’s a big compliment from him! And Regina made both of us laugh out loud thanks to her antics.

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

By the time you read this, I will have just pulled back into my home after a month on the road, seeing family and relatives. I’ll be preparing my kids for their first day back to school, so I will catch up with you next week!

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Kellee

Reading: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Reading for Review: Stowaway by John David Anderson

Reading during family reading time: Not sure! I’ll see what Trent picks from my pile.

Trent reading during family reading time: Bird and Squirrel: All or Nothing by James Burks

Jim reading during family reading time: Fables, Vol. 6: Homelands by Bill Willingham

Listening: King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

Trent and I listening to: Unfortunately, now that summer is over, we just aren’t driving as many places for long periods of time… I’ll let you know when we start listening to something again!

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Tuesday: Threads of Peace: How Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Changed the World by Uma Krishnaswami

Saturday: Puzzles from Sandra Boynton

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Juan Hormiga by Gustavo Roldán, Translated by Robert Croll

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Using Anthologies to Teach Writing” by Rochelle Melander, Author of Mightier than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World Through Writing

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Kellee

  • Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner review of Jukebox sent me on a mission to read the book. I loved the sci-fi aspect of the story a lot, but add in family communication, sexual identity, music, history, and representation = a wonderful book for so many! AND the playlist is on Spotify!
  • Unicorn Rescue Society: Secret of the Himalayas by Adam Gidwitz & Hena Khan: I love what the Unicorn Rescue Society has become! Adam Gidwitz is finding amazing co-authors to help tell mythical stories from all over the world. This one was especially magical as we visited the Himalayas with the hopes of finally finding a unicorn. Like the rest of the series, I listened to it, and the audiobooks never disappoint.
  • Check, Please!, Book 2: Sticks and Stones by Ngozi Ukazu: Book two of this series picks up right where book 1 left off, so I can’t tell you too much without spoiling the first book, but how can I not love a book about baking, love, and hockey?!?!
  • Read with Trent:
    • Except Antarctica by Todd Sturgell: I am a sucker for this type of humor where the characters and the narrator interact. And on top of that, it is informative about animals?! Win!
    • We Want a Dog by Lo Cole: I was a big fan of these illustrations! It reminded me of Harry the Dirty Dog in style a bit. The story though is not what you expect and the twist at the end made Trent and I laugh out loud.
    • Beaver and Otter Get Along…Sort of: A Story of Grit and Patience Between Neighbors by Sneed Collard III, Illustrations by Meg Sodano: As a huge animal fan, Trent really liked this one and learning about the ecosystems that beavers make and how otters are disgruntledly part of it. I know it says that the book is about grit and patience BETWEEN neighbors, but it is really about beavers putting up with otters’ shenanigans.
    • Too Crowded by Lena Podesta: Although all books with fish in a fish bowl makes me sad, I did like this journey and the message of finding a friend makes a situation better.
    • The Little Butterfly That Could by Ross Burach: Burach’s sequel to the impatient caterpillar is funny in the same way, and it is set up for a 3rd book–here’s hoping!
    • Too Many Bubbles: A Story about Mindfulness by Christine Peck, Illustrated by Mags Deroma: A good introduction about mindfulness. Will be best with young kids as a scaffold to more detailed picture books about meditation and mindfulness. The illustrations were a favorite!

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

These two picture books are due out in September and October, and I can’t wait to see them on bookstore shelves.

In Looking for a Jumbie, written by Tracey Baptiste and illustrated by Amber Ren, Naya decides she is going to go out in the night to find a jumbie—something creepy that Mama says only exists in stories. The book is magical and delightful. It’s one I could read again and again.

In A Hundred Thousand Welcomes by Mary Lee Donovan and illustrated by Lian Cho, readers are introduced to the word “Welcome” in 14 different languages, with beautiful illustrations of different cultural settings. New connections, new friendships—the book celebrates language and cultural difference.

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Kellee

Reading: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia]

Also reading: Threads of Peace: How Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Changed the World by Uma Krishnaswami

Reading during family reading time: The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home, Part 1 by Kanata Konami, Translated by Ed Chavez

Trent reading during family reading time: The Bird & Squirrel series (he is on book 4 of the series)

Jim is reading during family reading time: Disney Kingdom’s Seekers of the Weird by Brandon Seifert, Illustrated by Karl Moline & Filipe Andrade

Listening: Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson, Lyrics by Malik “Malik-16” Sharif

Trent and I listening to: I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 by Lauren Tarshis

Ricki

My tenure file is due this week, so I will do my very best to read during breaks in the action!

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Tuesday: August 10 for 10: Kellee’s Favorite Fairy Tale or Nursery Rhyme Inspired Picture Books

Sunday: “The Case for Graphic Novels and Chapter Books” by Dusti Bowling, author of Aven Green, Baking Machine

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Kingdom of Secrets by Christyne Morrell

Thursday: Long Distance by Whitney Gardner

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim, Illustrated by Eva Byrne

Sunday: Student Voices: Recommended Mangas by Sabrina Kayat and Lisa Wojciechowski, 9th Graders

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Kellee

  • Slay by Brittney Morris: I am so glad I put this book on my must read in 2021 list! I don’t even know how to put into words my feelings throughout this book, but I will try. First, the representation of multiple points of view of Blackness and uplifting of all Black people was everything. Also, I was blown away by the fully-developed Slay game Morris created, complete with rules, cards, design… everything! I also found the inclusion of microaggressions by white friends super important because they need to be shown in narratives to help remediate them. And I was quite shocked by the surprise about 75% of the way in when the book definitely shifts. Overall, I can just say that I highly recommend this book!
  • AstroNuts Mission 3: The Perfect Planet by Jon Sciezska, Illustrated by Steven Weinberg: What a wonderful (I’m assuming) conclusion to the series! If you don’t have the first two and aren’t getting them into kids’ hands, please fix that. The series is funny and informative–a perfect mix! Then when this one comes out in September, grab it too.
  • Juan Hormiga by Gustavo Roldán, Translated by Robert Croll: I’m reviewing this book this week!
  • With Trent:
    • Little Fox by Edward van de Vendel: This was a beautiful book. I mean, wow beautiful. The prose was lyrical and fluid and was filled with imagery. The illustrations were a brilliant mixture of photographs and hand-drawn illustrations in different mediums. And on top of that, the story was quite fun and engaging. I am just a big fan!
    • Dragon Post and Santa Post by Emma Yarlett: Emma Yartlett is one of our favorite picture book authors. She is so inventive and funny and this series is no different. If you have not read anything by her, I highly recommend picking up this series or her Nibble series.
    • I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis: Trent says this is his favorite so far, and I can see why: action-packed and full of suspense.
    • Out by Arree Chung: A mostly wordless picture book that is fun to discuss because of the multiple ways OUT is used and the use of the illustrations in telling the story.
    • Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever by Julie Falatko: Reading this made me realize that I hadn’t read any Snappsy books before, and now I am mad at myself for missing out for so long! I can’t wait to read the first one to get to know the characters better, but we still thoroughly enjoyed the second one where we learn that things are really better with friends.

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I am with a lot of children, and I’ve really been rocking the picture book reading. Maybe: A Story about the Endless Potential in All of Us by Kobi Yamada really hit me. It won the 2019 Nautilus Book Award, and it is very well-deserving. I can’t believe I missed this book!

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Kellee

I’m back to school this week, so my reading will probably slow down in general, but hopefully we’ll get back in a good rhythm with family reading time and bedtime reading again, so maybe it will even out!

Reading: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Reading during family reading time: Check Please: Book 2 Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu

Listening: Unicorn Rescue Society: The Secret of the Himalayas by Adam Gidwitz & Hena Khan

Trent and I listening to: I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 by Lauren Tarshis

Ricki

I’ve been reading a lot about communities of practice, so it is no surprised that Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity by Etienne Wenger is my current read. I am thinking about the ways in which to apply it to my practice as an educator.

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Tuesday: Juan Hormiga by Gustavo Roldán, Translated by Robert Croll

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Using Anthologies to Teach Writing” by Rochelle Melander, Author of Mightier than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World Through Writing

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Kyle’s Little Sister by BonHyung Jeong

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Sunday: Student Voices: “Favorite Books” by Addy Brantley & Bianca Teixera, 9th Graders

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Kellee

  • Whatever After is such a pleasurable series to read! I love the characters and each book is different to keep the reader excited to see what happens next. Good as Goldthe 14th in the series, was no different, and this time there is actually TWO fairy tales mixed in!
  • Trent and I read Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel this week again (reread), and it is such a fun read. I almost think Owl is my favorite Lobel book!
  • We also listened to I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis which was an event in American history I did not know about. Tarshis has a great series going for her (with like 21 of them out now!). Like Whatever After, there is obviously a formula that she follows during her plotting, but because the historical events, plot, and characters all change, each book keeps you wanting to read!
  • The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg had such a unique background (food truck), dealt with a very important topic (rape), and was an opposites attract romance story–all equaled a pretty quick read!
  • Pushout by Monique W. Morris was a tough book to read because the data and information shared is indisputable and something I wish we could change immediately; however, the systemic issues that need to be addressed are going to take a major overhaul in our education and society. Read this to remind yourself why we fight for this change.

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I read and loved The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta. It is a beautiful story and lyrically stunning. I highly recommend it.

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Kellee

Reading: Slay by Brittney Morris

Trent reading: Animorphs The Graphic Novel: The Invasion by K.A. Applegate, Michael Grant, and Chris Grine

Listening: The Unicorn Rescue Society: The Secret of the Himalayas by Adam Gidwitz and Hena Khan

Trent and I listening to: I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis

Ricki

I am with family this week, so I likely won’t be able to read as much YAL (outside of picture books that we’ve gotten from the library). Maybe I will surprise myself, though!

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Tuesday: Kingdom of Secrets by Christyne Morrell

Thursday: Long Distance by Whitney Gardner

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim

Sunday: Student Voices: Recommended Mangas by Sabrina Kayat and Lisa Wojciechowski, 9th Graders

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Zonia’s Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal

Thursday: Weird But True! Ocean from National Geographic

Sunday: Student Voices: “Reading During High School” by Emily Peraza, High School Senior

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Kellee

  • Recognize!: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson: This is a superb anthology! It has a mix of poetry, primary sources, memoir, and fiction written by brilliant Black authors. I cannot wait to see the finished version (I was lucky enough to get it from Netgalley; it was missing 2 excerpts), and this is definitely should be in all middle and high school classrooms and libraries. Contributors (in order of publication): Wade Hudson, Cheryl Willis Hudson, Sharon M. Draper, Jerdine Nolen, Keith Knight, Lamar Giles, Lesa Cline-Ransome, Nic Stone, Frances Ellen Harper Watkins, Kelly Starling Lyons, Nikki Grimes, Denene Mackell, Frederick Douglass, Ronald L. Smith, Kwame Mbalia, Paula Chase, Daisy Bates, Carole B. Weatherford, Don Tate, Robert H. Miller, Ibi Zoboi, DeRay Mckesson, Adedayo Perkovich, Curtis Hudson, Tiffany Jewell, Alicia D. Williams, Dhonielle Clayton, and Mahogany L. Browne.
  • Flamer by Mike Curato: This book was recommended by Jarrett Krosoczka for those who liked his memoir Hey, Kiddo, and I can definitely see why. Both important, funny, sweet, but also tough, sad, and REAL.
  • Orange: Complete Collection, Volume 1 by Ichigo Takano: The premise of this book is intriguing: the future self of the main character writes to the current self sharing that she has to do everything she can to save a friend of hers. And the story was executed well sucking me in right from the beginning! (My only concern is the idea that a suicide is friends’/families’ “fault” and could be stopped. I understand the sentiment and idea of the story, but this could be hurtful.)
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: WOW!!!!! THE BEST GRISHAVERSE BOOK YET! This was a slow read for me. At almost 600 pages, I read some other book (see above and last week!) while reading it, but it is definitely my favorite thus far. Not much I can share without spoiling things from the previous Bardugo books, but I will say that if you are hesitant to read it, don’t be–move it on up!
  • With Trent:
    • We have an acquaintance who we’re passing along some I Can Read animal books to, and Trent wanted to read them one last time. I love that these exist–both great for early reading and early inquiry.
    • The Bot that Scott Built by Kim Norman: A science-fair themed remix of “The House that Jack Built” that is just so much fun to read.
    • The Snurtch by Sean Ferrell: Ever wonder what that feeling was that you just can’t shake and it makes you just so grumpy? Well, that’s your Snurtch.
    • I’m On It! by Andrea Tsurumi: A new “Elephant and Piggie Like Reading” book! Yay! Trent won a free book at the library for reading to the service doggies for a 3rd time, and this is what he chose and was so excited to read it!
    • Lion Lessons by Jon Agee: Trent really likes this picture book! It is the one he chose to read to me one night. Such a witty book!

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I am with family and unable to blog today. I will see you next week!

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Kellee

Reading: The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

On Deck: CHOICES! Kingdom of Secrets by Christyne Morrell, Slay by Brittney Morris, Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia, Once Upon an Eid edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed, or Pushout by Monique W. Morris

Trent reading during family reading time: Animorphs The Graphic Novel: The Invasion by K.A. Applegate, Michael Grant, and Christ Grine

Trent and I listening to: I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis

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Tuesday: Kyle’s Little Sister by BonHyung Jeong

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Sunday: Student Voices: “Favorite Books” by Addy Brantley & Bianca Teixera, 9th Graders

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